Glenn’s Café in Downtown Columbia, Missouri, will host a fall wine dinner on Tue., Nov. 4 at 6:30pm in cooperation with A. Bommarito Wines. The restaurant’s executive chef and a wine representative from A. Bommarito will explain the components of the four-course dinner and how the four wine pairings work together. This event will be the first in a series of dinners to help Glenn's Café test out new menu items and engage with customers.
“We have a fantastic wine list at our disposal,” says Patrick Morris, Glenn’s front-of-house manager and the creator of the event. “We’d be remiss if we didn’t create something like this. It’s a no-brainer.”
The meal will begin with oysters on the half shell and a Gruet Blanc de Noir. A bleu cheese salad, paired with MacRostie Chardonnay, will follow. Morris is most excited for the main course: a full-bodied Star Lane Cabernet and a hunters' meatloaf that consists of bison, wild boar and antelope, which will be flown in overnight from Texas. For dessert, guests can expect a New Orleans cheesecake and a Vietti Moscato.
The restaurant has origins in Louisiana, and the menu is dotted with Gulf Coast influences, including the salad’s Creole vinaigrette, the New Orleans cheesecake and the oysters fresh from Louisiana.
Glenn’s Café offers 115 different varieties of wine, but chose to work with A. Bommarito Wines for the dinner because of its excellent selection of small estate wines.
“With these events, you want to have a wine with a story,” says Jack Lee, the wine representative from A. Bommarito coming to the event. “People can take that and remember it. Also, that way, if the dinner gets awkward, you can always talk about the wine.”
The dinner sold out within the first week at $38 per person. Although the inaugural event will focus on the food and wine alone, Morris says future events might incorporate live musicians or readings from local poets.
“It’s something new; It’s fresh," Morris says. "We’ll do anything we can do to connect with customers. I welcome feedback along with the bumps and bruises. It’s all about evolution."
Glenn's Café, 29 S. 8th St., Downtown, Columbia, Missouri, 573.447.7100, glennscafe.com
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